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Old 05-09-2012, 05:04 PM   #16
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you're getting a permit for a FENCE ??? ...........
We need them here.
I had a ten foot offset marked on my property line and the guy next door put a fence up measuring off of that pin,guess what he did next?

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Old 05-09-2012, 08:26 PM   #17
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Years ago, when I lived in S. Florida, I wanted a higher than allowed privacy fence so I could "hide" the new inground pool.

All around me was a 4' high chain link fence. I removed the post caps and added 4' of post, then strung wire from the posts.

Planted English Ivy.


Less than a season and I had a beautiful 8' high privacy fence....



Neighbors loved it too....






Applying for a variance might be your best way though....
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Are the other fences behind the setback?
Why not put the fence behind the city setback (easment)?
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The rules here in Quebec seem to be similar to the ones in Florida, 1 meter high in the front setback! There are no other fences at the front setback line, but it would cut my yard in half if I put a fence there. I called the city yesterday and they say that my neighbors could have built illegally higher fences and the only permission that I would get from the city is for a fence of only 1 meter high. Now, in order to give me some privacy I was considering building a fence of 1 meter high and plant hedges behind it, ! It will cost me more, but it seems that there is no other legal choice for me...I will think of what Mike (woody4249) suggested to apply for a variance from the codes...but what do you think would me e very good reason to make the city approve this? Summer is coming and my young daughter wants to be outside all day...
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Oh, I don't know about that. To my knowledge, the HOA can set "rules" (these are not called bylaws, BTW--they're called restrictions) that are more restrictive than city ones, but they can't have less restrictive ones.

E.g., if the city says "max fence height is 6 ft", the HOA can bind its members to a max fence height of 4 ft if it wishes. It can't, however allows them to build 8' fences.

In my neighborhood, HOA restrictions are violated left and right. No one reports the violation to the HOA, and the HOA doesn't actively look for and react to violations.
I live in WV. Many strange things here.

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